Exclusive partner in mastitis management for vets and dairy advisors
Sofie Piepers graduated as a vet in 2005 and since that time she has been a member of M-team UGent. She is passionate about mastitis and milk quality. As a veterinarian and researcher, Sofie uses her expertise to coach and train vets in mastitis management and encourages them to become the best udder health experts they can be. She loves networking, collecting new information at scientific conferences, and later turning that knowledge into practice. She also enjoys to inspire her veterinary students, showing them how to successfully utilize their talents as udder health advisors. Finally, she loves the reward of transferring data into evidence and evidence into action.
Favorite quotes: "Energy and persistence conquer all things" and "Slow and steady wins the race"
Personal values: Integrity, enthusiasm, passion, action, sense of duty.
Dimitri Valckenier is an enthusiastic vet that graduated in 2011 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University and defended his PhD-thesis on NAS infections in dairy heifers in 2021. He has been recruited by MEX™ as Project & Concept Manager in January 2017. He is passionate about IT and cloud applications and has extensive experience in dairy farm herd health management. With his veterinarian background and top-notch computer skills, he is the right person on the righ place within the MEX™ team. He loves challenges, is very creative & pro-active, and always eager to find a solution for every problem. Dimitri's mission is to support the MEX™ customers as much as possible and needed to appropriately & efficiently monitor and further improve their dairy farmer client's udder health.
Favorite quotes: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Personal values: honesty, positivism, integrity, flexibility and discipline.
Sarne De Vliegher graduated as a vet in 1998 from Ghent University and became a world-renowned mastitis and milk quality research expert with special expertise in the epidemiology of heifer mastitis and coagulase-negative staphylococci. He is passionate about udder health and milk quality as well as about the veterinary profession. In everything he does, Sarne is both proactive and passionate. When working with students of veterinary medicine, he encourages them to be proactive and creative in their work. He motivates them to have a clear mission and vision for the modern practice they hope to set up. It’s not just his students he seeks to motivate, though. His passion extends beyond the university to his veterinary colleagues who he tries to inspire to make the shift from curative to preventative medicine, from being a skilled practitioner to a respected herd health advisor.
Favorite quotes: “Be creative not reactive.” and “The way to succeed is to be courageous and patient, and to work energetically.”
Personal values: reliability, drive, passion and professionalism.
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